The College of Science Internal Research Funding Program is comprised of several internal funding opportunities for college of science faculty.

The College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) Program funds projects based on collaborative research involving the College community and beyond.

SciRIS awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries, and create societal impact.

SciRIS accelerates the pace of research, discovery, and innovation by enabling scientists to work across an array of disciplines in a mentored environment.  SciRIS has a unique purpose focused on profound rewards.There are two pathways through this program, the SciRIS (Stages 1-3) and the ScRIS individual investigator award (SciRIS-ii).

Overall SciRIS (Stages 1-3) Objectives

SciRIS specifically seeks to

  • Identify transformative research and innovation opportunities
  • Inspire research collaborations
  • Encourage team assembly
  • Develop track record of collaboration
  • Enable data collection
  • Promote training in innovation, commercialization, and informal science education

Investment: SciRIS funds teams in three stages to foster team development, build capacity, and accelerate projects. An advisory team accompanies each award to help guide success.

Rewards: SciRIS investments make faculty much more competitive for grants by providing College researchers with the seed funding necessary to demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas and quicken the pace of scientific discovery and innovation. 

Outcomes

  • Dynamic and Impactful Teams
  • Broad Engagement
  • Transformative Discoveries
  • Groundbreaking Publications
  • Team and Center Proposals and Grants
  • Policy Guidance
  • Innovation and Commercialization Efforts
  • Industry Collaborations

The SciRIS-ii provides funds to establish partnerships, accelerate project development, generate data and manuscripts, and foster proposal submissions.

The Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund is to be used for the support of research into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease (human). 

The Betty Wang Discovery Fund is to be used to support College faculty by maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories to advance fundamental discoveries in the basic sciences.

Learn more about all of the College's internal funding programs and how to apply
  • SciRIS (Stages 1-3) - awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries, and create societal impact (deadlines in April, July)
  • SciRIS-ii (individual investigator) - funds individual faculty who seek to establish or augment research relationships with external partners (deadline in December)
  • The Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund - supports research into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease (deadline in December)
  • The Betty Wang Discovery Fund - supports College faculty by maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories to advance fundamental discoveries in the basic sciences (deadline in December)